January 2, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Our Bloody Pearl (These Treacherous Tides #1) by D.N. Bryn
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*Published July 26, 2018*
I love it when I find a book thanks to the booklr community on Tumblr. I saw the first chapter of this book on Tumblr and it had me as soon as there were steampunk and mermaids/sirens. And not mermaids like Disney’s Ariel, but mermaids that will eat you! I love it when the mermaids are dangerous and not looking for a way to become human.
The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.
That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.
Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?
Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.
I loved this book so much! It was so good! There was also a lot of diversity in more than one way! And as I’m looking back to remember what I loved about this book in order to tell you about it, I realize that there was more than I first thought there was.
- Our main character doesn’t have a defined gender, they are referred to as “they” by themselves and our secondary characters.
- Perle (our main character) is also disabled. Her tail has been damaged in such a way that she cannot swim without prosthetics.
- Kian is described as not having sexual desires, but he does feel love. So, an asexual, if I remember that correctly. If I have this wrong, please correct me!
- Kian’s first mate is also a lesbian, who is engaged to a wonderfully eccentric inventor who Kian considers to be a sister.
There are many strong female characters in general as well, I love how well they are developed and it seems like this is going to be a great series! I’m excited to read the next one in the series and it was a wonderful look into a world of mermaids/sirens and the pirates that hunt them and help them. If you looking for a diverse fantasy read that brings a different side to mermaids/sirens, I HIGHLY recommend you read this book!
What your favorite version of mermaids/siren? Why do you like them? Comment below and let me know!